Fat Weasel Ale
Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Strong Ale - American
3.05 | pDev: 17.05%
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I've been Having Trader Joe's offerings because I like to pinch a penny. (And that is increasingly hard to do as many crafters seem to have a strategy of charging a lot to be off-beat, if not weird.)
So back to TJ... a marketing genius that finds good recipes and cuts out the middle man (which in the beer business would be better for all... but also impossible given America's states rights laws.) So, TJ offers a potent beer with lots of hops and, then, the BA reviewers (who tend to like lots of hops and potent beers) trash the beer with horrible ratings. Go figure. I can't. But the rules say: review.

Looks like a good clear gold-to-amber ale. Smells like I'm going to get some alcohol. Taste has a refreshing cut given by the hops; and there, there is the alcohol as promised. Feels moderate, enough bubbles-in-the-mouth. But then, something goes off... and what is off is not my guess.

OA: C'mon guys. Learn from Trader Joe's success in offering this since 2001. Can't be a 3 average.

May 04, 2017
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Shmallory0 from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not too bad! Looks like a lager. Pretty simple beer but very drinkable. A little more bitter than a typical ale, but delicious none the less. Would drink again.

Mar 30, 2017
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tucsonbassplayer from Arizona

3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Our local Trader Joe's has these for $1.00 per bottle and it's one of the best "bang for the buck" beers you'll find. When I don't feel like taking on a ton of beer but looking for effect, it's my go to. Not a big IPA fan, but when I am kinda in a mood for an IPA, this is kinda like an IPA to me.

Jan 23, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Out of the bottle it comes out quite gold and brassy, but then fills the glass with a very pale amber orange, very American Barleywine like color appearance. Head creation is minimal, but a bubbly collar is persistent. Very nice clarity, and even a tiny if ever so fine middle column of carbonation in the center.

Aroma is pretty good, but heads towards an almost Belgian candy like sucrose quality. Almost sensing fruit quality and hop angled citrus, which is not bad, but there's a touch of bile/vomit angle on this unfortunately too.

Well. On first sip this is not what I expected. A very obvious wet and watery body for a strong ale even clocking at 7%, but what gets me is the other features. There's just absolutely nothing going on here in the palate. A bit of dry malt, not even sweet. Fruity esters and hop qualities.. Nope I got next to nothing. Fleeting finish, hits with a bit of caramel but almost dissolves instantly in some flash of wetness.

I am shocked at how such a big brew as this is just so devoid of any flavor. The flipside is that this isn't choke it down or awful brew, but it really plays it safe almost in some weird way. Easily the weakest "strong" brewed beer I've ever had.

Dec 05, 2016
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HazelEyedHippie from California

3.16/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall a nice beer. It's definitely got a good amount of bitterness, but a nice amount of taste as well. Just picked up a bottle at TJ's to try (single bottle), but probably won't pick up any more. I generally like either a bit of a lighter, frutier beer, or a very dark beer, so this one is not going on my list of favorites. The bitterness is a bit offputting for me, but I do enjoy the flavor.

Jun 05, 2016
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really very drinkable, but also fairly forgettable. Not much aroma, but a typical example of an American brew. There is no characteristic taste of malt or yeast. I might persuade myself that there is detectable hops, but no not really. So if there's only an average taste, then just don't pay more than an average price.

May 22, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Gold pour, haze greater than it should be for a professional brew. A little bit yeasty aroma, not much.

Taste still drops yeasty phenols and there's a weird bitterness. Toffee malt. I dunno, this one just kinda hit with the toffee, bitterness and alcohol more than anything, no hop flavors.

Feb 19, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

2.43/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This batch was contract brewed at River Trent Brewing co., Ukiah, CA via Trader Joes. Bland and uninteresting amber ale. Malt is primary feature here, metallic finish.

Nov 06, 2015
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Cconsalvo from New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -34.4%

Tastes like a cheap domestic brew....the malt liquor comparisons are right on, yuk. Really no redeeming quality other than the high alcohol content. I drank half of one and dumped the rest down the sink.

Nov 08, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

3.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer of apparently line-blurring classification is moderately hazed and a dark gold color. The head is ivory-colored, big-bubbled and fluffy, easing down to less than one finger in height but retaining that well. Lacing is at about the median in its strength and resiliency.
Sugar and toast hit the nostrils, with fruits contributing an interesting part of that with tang as well. It's followed by herb, a touch of not-quite-cheesy funk (?) and some grains pulling in underneath. I wouldn't call it bad.
The flavor ends up confused; it overripe dark fruits seem steeped in sugar then fusel alcohol and weird almost rotten or wet wood notes come out, but some biscuit helps to tame it before it derails completely. Unlike the aroma, there's only a vague note of hops bitterness, but the herb is there.
Somehow on the thinner side while feeling almost thick, there's a stickiness that fortunately doesn't last the entire sip. The body manages to hang on to medium and builds up, while spicy dryness cuts the sweetness.
This beer straddles the border of pass/fail.

Jul 07, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.3/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fat Weasel Ale has a thin, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of pungent, semi-sweet bread crust, vegetable oil, and some hop resin. Taste is of sweet, white bread crust, moss, malt, and nice hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and somewhat slick, and Fat Weasel Ale finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and delicious. Only a bit of the alcohol shines through.


Jun 17, 2014
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FunkNroll87 from New Hampshire

2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark golden color that you can see through almost like a pilsner but darker. Not much of head to it but lacing is solid. Smells good like you would expect for an American ale bready doughy malt sweetness with a nice solid alcohol wiff. Taste is over powered by the alcohol but there is a nice mouth feel that is accompanied with the bready ale taste with some hops behind it to help balance things but the hops are gone as soon as they appear. Overall, mediocre and yes I would drink it again!

Apr 19, 2014
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jTmakkiCx from Maryland

3.24/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours smooth with a frothy, yet thin, head that dissipates quickly. A bit of lacing. Cloudy, golden amber. Refreshing and light. Has a nice wheatiness balanced with the lingering bitterness of the hops. Almost has a tea-like aftertaste. Unremarkable but easy to drink.

Apr 16, 2014
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Aaron_Ramson from California

2.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours with a soapy, sudsy head and a slightly hazy light copper color, same color as a pale ale. Nose has a sharp bitterness to it; boozy, some bready malts, has the familiar smell of malt liquor, that sugar adjunct smell. Taste is a bit better than the nose but definitely reminds me of a malt liquor. Does not have the toasted, malty or caramelly goodness that comes with an all-grain brew, so adjuncts are definitely a big factor in this brew. Tastes like table sugar and not rice or maize. I'm very disappointed by this because I bought it on a whim from Trader Joe's and was excited to try it. Should have gone with the Session Lager for the same price, instead of this inferior brew.

Oct 24, 2013
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TastyAdventure from Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - clear golden with shades of orange. paler than I'd image an American strong ale. 1 finger head that dies down to paper thin. undesirable soap sud type bubbles

S - dark fruit, complex fruity yeast, bread,

T - Not as much depth as the nose suggests, but very nice. hints of dark fruit, a forward grain husk and straw, some yeast makes its presence known, hop bitterness definitely there to not only balance but also add slightly piney, sharp but not powerful bitter flavor.

Overall- I wouldn't believe this beer cost $1.30/bottle! Not Arrogant Bastard (the pinnacle of American Strong Ales) but for the price, it's worth having a 6 pack of these around.

Jul 26, 2013
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky golden-amber, with a rich, frothy head. Lace is thin and insubtantial.

Nose is caramel and toasted malts. Simple.

Taste is also very malty, with toasted grain and a touch of fruitiness. I also get some honey and caramel. Seems overall to be too sweet and a tad of balance-wise. Not one I'd return to.

May 08, 2013
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yesyouam from New York

3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fat Weasel Ale is a lively golden ale topped with a soft, creamy, white head. It leaves thick sheets of foam on the glass. It has a light aroma of citrus and wood. It has a smooth, medium body with a chalky finish. It has a sweet and sour malt flavor. It's tangy and the bitterness is ample and wooden. I guess this is a Scotch ale.

May 06, 2013
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, no date. the bottle art makes this stuff seem ominous.

semi-unfiltered, orange-amber ale look, with a thin layer of foam. smell is dusty grain, dark fruit, beef jerky(?), and some numbing hops. taste is similar to malt liquor, but slightly better: fermented apple, slick/sweet malt, touch of bittering hops.

for a malt liquor, this is pretty good stuff. as a 'strong ale' it fails.

May 02, 2013
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Spikester from Oregon

3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear blonde amber with one finger of quick vanishing white head. Lots of fine bubble lacing far outlasts the head.
Smell is slightly floral.
Taste is sweet malty something with a good back of bitterness. Hops? Who knows.
Mouthfeel is like a light Barleywine or Malt Liquor. Olde English 800 pops to mind.
Overall pretty disappointing. Bargain priced buzz IMO.
Also says River Trent Brewing Co. Ukiah California.
There actually is some kind of a date stamp below the label but I couldn't read it.
Update: 6/10/2014.
Adjusted rating to 3.00 all the way. Okay.

Mar 28, 2013
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TheMarkE from California

3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Decent amount of foam and lacing.

Smell: Malts and hops, slightly fruity.

Taste: Nicely balanced between sweet malts and hops. Not too bitter, but enough of a hop presence to give it some flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, fairly smooth. Leaves a slight bit of "beer" taste behind, similar to the adjunct brews.

The Verdict: Pretty good brew. Another one of Trader Joe’s line of affordable beers, this one is my favorite so far. Easily worth the $5.99 price, you get a strong 7.1% pale ale. It is labeled River Trent Brewing, but is probably from Mendocino.

Feb 07, 2013
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bnes09 from Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden, caramel color and transparent. Weak head after an aggressive pour. Tons of visible bubbles. Descent retention and some lacing.

Bready with honey, fruit and grass notes in the aroma.

Mild biscuit malt character. Dextrin sweetness clashing with a cloying pinesol and soap hop bitterness. Tart aftertaste. Unbalanced.

Light body starts slick and finishes dry. Sharp, soda-like carbonation.

Not good. Just slightly more flavor than BMC products. No adjunct flavors but I would prefer a beer with adjuncts that was balance. Overall, a mess.

Dec 30, 2012
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired at Trader Joe's. 7.10% ABV confirmed. "Brewed by River Trent Brewing Company, Ukiah Ca". Curious. 355 ml/12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard uncustomized pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger beige colour head of decent cream and thickness, and bad (maybe 30 second) retention. Body colour is a murky dark peach-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Muted orange and tangerine. Banana from the yeast. Bland pale malts. Underwhelming. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Malty, with some orange fruit-esque notes. Tangerine. Mild floral hopping. A simple, straightforward beer. There's nothing unique or special here. Little balance.

Mf: Smooth, artificial, wet, and overcarbonated. Sharp. Thickness is decent. Suits the flavours okay. Pretty hands-off. Not at all tailored to the flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. It's well priced but I wouldn't get it again. Might be alright on draught. Not worth seeking out. There are some good elements here and the alcohol is well hidden, but it's far from great.


Nov 20, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, thin, off-white head with good retention and light lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malt and a hint of hops, kind of pleasant, but very attenuated. Flavor is sweet malt that seems artificially over sweetened. Develops a hop bitterness with no herbal hop flavors, finishing with a slightly harsh hop bitterness. The flavor wasn't bad, but seemed unbalanced. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess, approaches a quite nice mouth feel. An unusual ale that I had no problem finishing, but will probably not visit again. This bottle brewed by "River Trent Brewery" for Trader Joe's, so it is likely made by a diffferent brewery than the "Steinhaus" beers. Not remarkable enough to open a new listing for this.

Nov 12, 2012
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another TJ's bargain grab. Strong Ale? Seemed more like a typical Pale to me, but, whatever. Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a lightly hazy medium gold with less than 1/2 of off-white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was an even blend of malts and hops, nothing stood out, kinda bland. On the tongue, there was some light citrus and pine hops on top of the gently grainy malt. The beer was decently balanced.

The body was nicely medium-light. Drinkability was OK, it was quickly, and forgotten almost as quickly. Overall, nothing special, but an OK bargain buy.

Sep 15, 2012
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tjsdomer2 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thin-bodied brown in color. A bit of fizzy carbonation and some foam and lacing.

Smell: Some strong fruit, and that's about it. A pleasant smell that I'm guessing hides the alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Fruity malt initially, followed by a bitter IPA-like hoppiness.

Overall Drinkability: Not an amazing beer, but it hits some nice flavor notes that provides a good balance.

Sep 11, 2012
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